2022 Reading Plan & My Top 3 Books of 2021

I read some excellent books last year so this list could be so much longer, but I thought I’d really home in on the ones that excelled, surprised and bought something new to my reading experience so * DRUM ROLL* my top THREE books of 2021…

Retellings of Ancient Tales.

The portrayal of Circe in the Odyssey is actually infuriating, she’s a beautiful nymph who lures Odysseus into bed (what else did women do in ancient times, even powerful witches) and turns his men into pigs. She uses her womanly charms to distract our innocent hero from his journey home to his wife. She is supposed to represent the dangers of excessive pleasure and comfort, and by giving her a story, by giving her a voice, Miller succeeds in creating a character that is more than a footnote in a mans quest.

2021 Reading Update

Now that we’ve passed the middle point of the year (July 2nd, unless its a leap year) I thought I’d share my reading update. I set myself an arbitrary goal of 50 books this year, there’s a blog post on my reasoning (or lack of) if you’re interested, so I thought this might be the perfect time to update you on my progress.